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Mind your Social Media Manners…

Writing Wednesday

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On Wednesday’s I like to share information I picked up on my path to publishing, marketing and preparing to publish again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then.

Social Media Manners

What in the world did we do with our time before social media? I for one was definitely more productive writing wise and my house was much cleaner than it is now. I have a feeling that social media caused the cancelling of most daytime soap operas. Why watch scripted on T.V. when we can scroll through non-stop reality.

Whatever negative side effects social media might have it does have equal and opposite positive effects as well. For me I have never felt so much a part of so many completely different communities as I do now. Writers/Bloggers truly are the most supportive, genuine and friendly people I have ever known.

Because it is the start of a new season I thought this would be a good time to share some social media etiquette and tips that I have learned over the years, some of them the hard way.

Young and the Restless

It is social media not sell media. There are many companies out there that will take your money and instruct you to auto post the same posts across all of your social media platforms. Posts like ‘BUY my book’ ‘Must Read’ 500- 5 star reviews.’ Then there are those direct messages you receive thirty seconds after you follow someone. The requests to, buy my book, like my page, follow my blog and don’t forget to favorite and share this message. These companies will fill your head with numbers that sound important but they are useless. Social media is about being social and making real connections. Automatic cross posting and constant selling will leave people thinking you are lazy and unapproachable and they will keep scrolling.

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Once you post it, it cannot be erased. In 2015 this is still important. If you are not sure about posting or responding to something take the time to think about it before you post or respond.

Ignore Posts that offend you. It would be great if we never had to lay eyes on or hear anything that offends us but when it comes to social media we are going to see plenty. It always feels good to be part of a ‘do good’ mob but choose your mobs wisely. Don’t take someone’s dislike of children or pets so personally and just scroll on. Trust me your mood will be better if you just ignore and scroll on. If they persist and you have trouble ignoring the offensive posts you can hide them, disable notifications from that person or un-friend them.

You owe no one an explanation to unfriend/unfollow. There is never a need to post things like ‘I am cleaning up my friend list.’ Just unfollow quietly and move on.

In 2015 it is still a bad idea to vague post, chronically complain, over share and post in clumps, frequently. ‘I am so upset’ ‘Some people need to just shut up and you know who you are.’(My personal least favorite) If you share someone’s post or article always write something personal about it such as why you liked it or didn’t like it. I can’t believe people still get upset when someone shares what they have posted. That is the gold people. It is all about the sharing.

Social Media

Do not post spoilers. Be considerate of our friends in different time zones. If you cannot wait to talk about that winner or scene, take it private.

Limit rants. Sometimes a good rant can be healthy and prompt positive conversation. It is a good idea to only post them occasionally.

Never use more than two hashtags in one post.

The buzz about you, your book or your blog should NEVER come from you. This is simple; you only gain credibility when other people post, talk about or share your work. That doesn’t mean you cannot share exciting information or big news. There is a difference between good news and overselling.

If you wouldn’t say it to someone in person don’t say it on social media. It is a good idea to stop and think before reacting on social media. There is a way to say and mean what you want to say without being mean. We are writers, right?

It is okay to discuss politics and religion. Discuss is the key word here. We should always respect each other’s views or beliefs even if they are different from our own, especially if we have no idea what is behind those views. Discussion and debate are healthy. Headlines, talking points and surveys are annoying. Most people have their minds made up when it comes to religion and politics. Your post will not ever change their mind so stick to reality, discussion and healthy debate.

Do you have any to add to this list?

Happy writing,

Doreen

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Too much news…

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Good Day Philadelphia featured one of my tweets on Thursday. Of course I was at work so I didn’t have a chance to record it. They were doing a feature on superstitions and the things you do for luck. I am very superstitious. For thirty-years I have been wrapping my lottery tickets in the largest bills I have for luck. I haven’t had much luck with that but now I’m afraid to stop.

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Harvest Moons,A Catty Bully,More Charlie Hunnam,Rock theCaribbean and more…

I was doing so well with Friday Fragments and darn if I didn’t miss one. I have a good excuse and I’m here today with a boatload of fresh fragments.

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Alabama, Beyonce,Made in America, Heard in the senior Salon, Its Friday…

Thank you for stopping by on the most depressing weekend of the year for me. I want to enjoy it but I HATE the end of summer!

Since it is Friday I’m going to participate as I try to do every Friday in #Friday Fragments…

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What are #Friday Fragments you ask…

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A little trip, the beach and those damn Yankee’s..

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems (hint: a notebook is helpful 🙂 and put them together in a Friday Fragments post.

Friday Fragments was hosted all summer by Unknown Mami (thank you so much) but they are now back in the hands of Mrs. 4444. If you have Fragmentsto share, please join us…

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Champions of Tomorrow

Those of you that follow this blog know what a fan I am of boxing, and what a fierce advocate I am of dreamers. My friend Damon Feldman fits both.  The 9-0 professional boxer and owner of Celebrity Boxing  and Champions of Tomorrow has a huge heart and dreams God-sized dreams.

When a neck injury ended his 9-0 professional boxing career, Damon Feldman created Celebrity Boxing. What else was the sidelined champion, son of Hall of Fame boxer/trainer Marty Feldman supposed to do?

Celebrity Boxing has been around for more than a decade and has had its share of bouts with 15 minutes of fame. There was Todd Bridges vs. Vanilla Ice, Paula Jones vs. Tanya Harding, Octo-Mom vs. Michelle (Bombshell) McGee and Danny Bonaduce vs. Barry Williams. Then Damon sued Octo-Mom for stealing a ring from him and won. He also sued Michael Lohan for not showing up to a fight and won.

It was never easy but Celebrity Boxing made Damon a celebrity and earned him a cool million.

Damon Feldman                                                 Damon Feldman

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More Twitter Trash Talking brings about the return of Celebrity Boxing…

The other day instead of writing, I was trolling twitter. I follow Tori Spelling McDermott and saw she tweeted a comment about a tattoo her husband Dean got in a sensitive area to surprise her. Innocently (really) I clicked over to his feed to see if there was a photo. What I saw was a lot of twitter trash talk.

I know I don’t know these people in ‘real’ life but I did watch every episode of their reality show and I adore this couple and their children. I like them.

Tori's Family

 

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A-Z Reflection…

A-Z Survivor 2013 http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com

This was my third year participating in the annual A-to-Z Challenge. Once again, (big sigh) I did not pre-write any of my posts. I did work with a theme this year and tried to stick with it throughout the challenge.

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ZZZZZ”s

 

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ZZZZ’s

It is hard to believe this post brings the 2013 A to Z Challenge to an end. ZZZZ’s are exactly what I need. April is always a tough month at our house. It holds the anniversary date of my brother’s murder and the anniversary date of my stepson’s death.

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United States of America…

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Welcome to my post on the letter “U”  It is part of a month long celebration of the alphabet.  http://a-to-zchallenge.com

United States of America

I felt like I could use a bit of cheering up today and these songs always do the trick!

One of my favorite songs:

Toby Keith

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